I’d like to see Mesa make the team as left fielder and Mustelier also. Mustelier has really impressed me with the bat and his OF glove has made all the plays. Almonte needs some more defensive work. I watched him take a bad route and let a popup fall in for a single off Kahnle yesterday.
On Mustelier. Is his OF defense really bad? It seems like, the times I’ve watched him, that he made all the plays in LF and RF. He made a nice play going back to the warning track in RF, holding onto the ball after some “fool” tried to wrestle him to the ground after straight-arming him.
Mustelier played at AAA, Adonis Garcia at AA. I’m not sold yet on keeping Juan Rivera to hit vs lefties. At this point, and it’s still early, I like the outfield bats, in order-Mustelier, Almonte, Mesa, Garcia.
Outfield offense must be the focus. They need offense with so many losses this year. If they can survive with Ibanez, Mustelier and Almonte can survive.
Agree. The team has shown very little offense and at 1-7 with so many errors,it’s time to trim the roster down from 81 players. They had 20 more players in ST than the lowly Astros the other day.
I hope one of those players make the team to replace Granderson in the outfield. They get a good look and it helps determine if Granderson is traded later in the year, or let loose in FA.
“I really like having a great defender at 1B. I know how frustrating he can be with the bat and the whole left side open , but you can’t discount what he brings defensively. I’m glad to have him”
I think much like with Hughes…. We need to try and get past what Tex was supposed to be and appreciate what he can do.
Tex is overpaid….he’s not the cornerstone bat they signed….,however he’s an excellent defender….he’s a power bat from the left side and I still think he can be an elite bat vs LHP…..so we just have to hope he maximizes the things he can do…..
276 out of 451 at bats vs righties-61%
batted .239 vs righties with .438 slugging average
overall batted .218 at YS
Had 5 less doubles from left side and only 4 more homers. 14 of the 24 were against righties and of the 24 homers, evenly split home and away.
How can one feel optimistic with hitting him cleanup vs righties with those numbers?